Early Bird Cafe's 'Cali Picnic Dog' Is Basically Summer In Your Mouth

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Early Bird Cafe
So this is what happens when you tell the overachievers at Early Bird Cafe to make a hot dog. Behold, the Cali Picnic Dog. What's in it? Well, there's a chicken-fried all-beef frank, watermelon guacamole (whaaat?), potato chips (double whaaat?), homemade smoked ranch and cilantro, all atop a mini brioche roll. Basically, it's everything wonderful about summer served on a plate.

The magic can by experienced at the Foodbeast Summer Classic: Hot Dog Tasting and Invitational happening on Aug. 4 from 5 to 10 p.m. at Early Bird Cafe in Fullerton. Foodbeast, of course, is the popular OC-based food news site that prompted the world to chase down the 'Monkey Style' burger at In-N-Out.

An event in two parts, the tasting will consist of the Cali Picnic Dog and a mystery dog from Hopscotch, while the invitational portion is an eating contest. To win, contestants must complete "seven levels of hot dog danger"--a plain dog, mustard dog, Chicago dog, Coney Dog, LA dog, the Cali Picnic Dog and the mystery Hopscotch dog, all in that order.

Tickets for dogs and beers will be $5 at the door. Ten tickets are $40, and 20 tickets are $60.

As for whether we'll see the Cali Picnic Dog after Aug. 4, Early Bird chef Frank DeLoach tells us, "It's possible, for sure."

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